I picked through and set aside all my old favorite outfits and teeny accessories (a bike, boomboxes, sunglasses, windsurfing, scuba gear, etc.) You know all the usual things a gal has in her closet.
While yes, I do agree that Barbie's proportions are a tad unrealistic for a young gal's easily impressionable self esteem, that 11 inch doll is no stronger an influence than movies, tv and advertising can be. And we know we won't always be shielding Ivy (or Miller for that matter) from all of that. My hope is that Evan and I can build our kids' positive images of themselves from within the loving, welcoming, unconditional, supportive home we create.
Playing dress-up with Mommy's old Barbie gear can just be a bonus.
Honestly, how AWESOME are these dresses?!
And no Barbie should be without her fanny pack, record player, typewriter, camcorder, and... ashtray?
Even my favorite Barbie (the one with the sweet haircut my older cousin talked me into doing) made it through the rounds of 25 plus years of play.
What are you excited to share with your family today?